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  • By: Robert D. Blagg
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Self-verification refers to the desire for others to substantiate their thoughts and feelings about their sense of self. Specifically, we seek self-verification to maintain certain views of the self that can provide us with the impression of a coherent identity, a framework for organizing life experiences, and a guide for everyday social interaction. Thus, people want others to confirm the core elements of their self-concept so that these elements may act as a steering wheel, providing continuity ...

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